A Date Is a Date Is a Date Is a Date

Posted by Esther Yu Sumner on January 19, 2016 in Research Helps

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007 issue.   What, you say, that can’t be right. Ancestors’ birthdays don’t just change, do they? They might, if you’re looking at the wrong calendar. Most of us are familiar with a single calendar—the Gregorian calendar, the one we use today. But, depending on the country, Read More

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Military Records, Research Helps

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though Read More

Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research Helps

Guest Post by Linda Barnickel There’s a name for it. “Library anxiety.” We learned about this in library school. Symptoms: anxiety, uncertainty, sudden shyness, fear, worry that one might seem woefully ignorant, embarrassment, bewilderment, lack of confidence, and perhaps even shame that one should “know better” or already know the answers before the questions are Read More

10 Places You Didn’t Think To Look

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 7, 2015 in Research Helps

There are a dozen good places to find a date of birth, but did you know some of those same resources could be holding much more difficult-to-come-by information, too? We all have our go-to sources for certain facts: census records for ages, relationships, and whereabouts; draft registration cards for addresses and next-of-kin; naturalization documents for Read More

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames Guide (A-Z)

Posted by Jessica Murray on June 29, 2015 in Research Helps

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used.  Whether you’re just beginning or a veteran in your family history research, we’ve all come across at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you Read More